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Tonight's Carling Cup semi-final second leg showdown between City and United may prove to be the most unforgettable Manchester Derby of recent years.

Many fans would be hard-pressed to think of another that surpasses this season's league meeting between the two sides, which ended 4-3 to United, with Michael Owen scoring the winner so deep into injury time that the City team were on the bus home. However, after a fiery first leg encounter, which ended with eighteen fan arrests, two F.A. warnings, and oh, a Manchester City win, tonight's match may be the most explosive ninety minutes of football Manchester has ever seen. A Carlos Tevez brace against his former employers gives City a 2-1 advantage coming into tonight's match but City's young defender Nedum Onuoha knows it's all to play for when the two teams meet again tonight. 'It's probably as big a game as we've ever played in. It's absolutely massive and one that won't be forgotten for a long time. We need to make sure that at the end it's in our favour,' said Onuoha. 'It's the first time in a long time there's been so much pressure on United to beat us. No other result will get them through.'

With City in the driving seat heading into the game, it would not surprise anyone if they were to focus more on defending their own goal rather than attacking United's. However, a whole host of teams have tried and failed in their attempts to park all but the team bus in front of the United front-line, and City boss Roberto Mancini understands that his side needs to keep the momentum on their side. 'We don't want to go to Old Trafford only to defend,' said the Italian. 'It is possible we will have to defend if United attack. Then we will need to defend very well because they have so many good players, but we want to win, not just the tie, but at Old Trafford. To do that we must attack.'

Leading the attack for City tonight, will be the much publicised Carlos Tevez who has done little to quell the tension between the two teams after his 'altercation' with former team-mate Gary Neville during the first leg. A war of words had began between the two when Neville publicly stated that Sir. Alex Ferguson was right not to sign the Argentinean when his loan spell at Old Trafford was coming to an end, stating that he was not worth his price tag. However, the little Argentine let his feet do the talking on the pitch as he scored twice to put City in the ascendancy.

Tonight could mark the return of Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure to the City starting eleven, after their African Cup of Nations dreams where ended in dramatic and untimely fashion. Adebayor arrived back from compassionate leave at the weekend after the tragic attack on the Togolese team in Angola, while Toure's Ivory Coast where put out of the competition in a shock defeat to Algeria on Sunday. Both are considered to be in contention to feature in tonight's game, but are likely to start on the bench. Regardless of the outcome of tonight's encounter, the aftermath will linger in the cool Manchester air for quite a while.

Victory for City would see them reach their first major final since 1981, and what City fans hope would be the start of more to come, while Sir. Alex, who promised he would stick with his 'kids' for the duration of the competition, will be more concerned about losing to his bitter rivals twice in eight days, regardless of the fact that a Wembley date with Aston Villa awaits the win.

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Writer:Pudge793
Date:Wednesday January 27 2010
Time: 6:39PM

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Great stuff Pudge. Cant wait for the game :D
eighthsin
27/01/2010 19:10:00
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Watched it on German channel DSF and they agreed with me that there were some immense City performances out there tonight. Proud of the lads. Richards, if he carries on like this has to go to South Africa. Our only fault tonight was our young defence failing to clear their lines three times. But I must say that playing a midfield so deep at Eastlands handicapped us in this tie. No shame whatosever in this result and just look at the rags faces. Boy do they take us seriously now. Have to give Camel Gob the new hard man a mention. And the sweetest thing is we ain't going away and we'll be back. As for their scum tactics and coining, bottling, darts and golf balls this fortnight. Nothing else need be added. WE ARE CITY FROM MAINE ROAD
Johnny Baguette
27/01/2010 22:07:00
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Glad to have an optimistic poster like you, Johnny. I'm beyond devastated. At least there's music.
Ahoyskin
27/01/2010 22:13:00
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We won one battle. Respect. Forcing Taggart The Bin Man to field his strongest possible side. Twice.
Johnny Baguette
27/01/2010 22:17:00
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Blue moon! You started singing too soon Thought you'd beat us 2-1 Now your cup finals gone!!!
java
27/01/2010 22:17:00
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They were p1ssing all over yer!
SpudsRus
27/01/2010 22:18:00
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Enjoy the kleenex moment java but we ain't going away anymore.
Johnny Baguette
27/01/2010 22:19:00
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Spurs City obsessives strike again!
Johnny Baguette
27/01/2010 22:24:00
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34 YEARS,34 YEARS,34 YEARS...........***** ALL!!!!
java
27/01/2010 22:25:00
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LMFAO @ Java - like the little song there...
I wondered how long it would be before CIty fans were moaning saying they should have gone through!
WE BEAT YOU 3-1 ON THE NITE - A DESERVED VICTORY AND YOU STiLL BITCH!!!!!
Sad - but I wanna see Bluewolfies comments and kevs - cos I like those lads AND respect them
niteworlok
27/01/2010 23:29:00
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